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About doug52

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    Laguna Hills and Big Bear, Ca.
  • Interests
    Cruising of course, Tennis, Pickleball
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Princess and Paul Gauguin
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    French Polynesia

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  1. Yes, they should do that for you. You are also allowed to bring on as much wine as you like, you just pay a $15 corkage for each bottle over 2. We sometimes will stop at a liquor store and get several bottles that we know we like and bring them on board and pay the extra corkage, still probably cheaper than the inflated prices per bottle on the cruise ship. We won't need to do this on this trip, since we were given the beverage package and will hopefully have some decent wines in their included list. Doug
  2. Cruisegal, so I saw your questions on this thread. And since we are on the same cruise with you, I thought I should bring up one other point that may apply to you. When we signed up for this cruise Princess offered the sip and sail promotion which gets you a premium beverage package for both passengers. If you also have this promotion, you do not need a coffee package as premium coffees are included in the package. Doug
  3. I have never had a bad meal at The Daily Grill. Hope it works out for Thanksgiving. Doug
  4. Just happened to see this post for info on Thanksgiving near LAX. One of my favorite restaurants for a very good meal is the Daily Grill that I have enjoyed in Irvine and out in Palm Dessert. Now, I have not been to the one on Century Boulevard near LAX but this would be my choice for a Thanksgiving meal near the airport. Here is what one reviewer on TA said a few years ago about this restaurant for Thanksgiving: The Daily Grill. Live near the LAX or the Burbank airport? Picking someone up super late and want to find a Thanksgiving dinner close by? Try the Daily Grill. A three-course prix fixe menu at a reasonable $39.75 incorporates an entrée with a starter salad, soup and dessert. And, here is a link to reviews on TA: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32655-d1775031-Reviews-Daily_Grill-Los_Angeles_California.html They are located adjacent to the Westin on Century Boulevard. Doug
  5. Yes, the reviewer was on the Crown Princess. We are taking this trip next year on the Regal Princess and are looking to book International Friends as well after reading this review. Here is the link for the review: Good luck, Doug
  6. I hope you do the Journey to S. Africa in '20 and review it on the Azamara board. As I mentioned above, we are already booked for this cruise in '21 and we are going with at least 3 other couples. So, would love to get feedback on this new itinerary for Azamara. Doug
  7. We were on the March 31st cruise in a Sky Suite and had a different experience. First, Cali did a fantastic job of arranging a special Carrot Cake prepared and presented at Luminae. We were traveling with another couple and he was celebrating his 55 birthday and Cali organized getting a full carrot cake(his favorite) and having it for his birthday. I also had Carlos in Luminae present and serve a bottle of wine from my cellar that I brought on specifically for his birthday. We had excellent service from Carlos as well as the entire wait staff in Luminae. In the retreat lounge, we had Dominic supply us a bottle of Blanton's whiskey and I even had him deliver this bottle to the Sunset bar one night, so that we could enjoy it one evening with a Cigar. I did tip him of course for this service. And, we loved the quiet pool area and had excellent service from Dominic sometimes and a young lady(forget her name) that were almost always there to serve us drinks. And, it was nice to be able to enjoy lunch right in the pool area. If and when we return to the Edge or Apex, we will get,at least, a Sky Suite more forward than aft or even mid-ship to really enjoy the Retreat area. We were in a Sky Suite, a few cabins aft of the aft elevators and I would definitely move forward on a future cruise. Also, the aft elevators on the Edge are way busier than the forward ones. Doug
  8. We just returned from btb cruises on the Edge, first week in Aqua, second week in a Sky Suite. In general, we felt the food was a big step up from our last cruise on the Reflection. We did have a 3 night specialty dining package that we used for Fine Cut, Eden, and Petit Chef. We also had 3 lunches at Raw on 5. Overall, the dinners at Luminae were some of the best we have had on any cruise ship. Blu was not far behind. Of the specialties, our favorite experience was the bone in filet mignon at Fine Cut with the blue cheese crust. Excellent steak with some great sides including the stuffed tater tots, the mac and cheese and the sauteed mushrooms. A great addition to this meal was the fact that with our premium beverage package we were able to get a glass of Caymus for an additional $10 per glass. The other specialties were one and done from our standpoint. While the food was good(but not any better than Blu or Luminae), you are paying for the ambiance and entertainment in Eden and Petit Chef. We also really enjoyed Raw on 5 for a light lunch and very good sushi. They had a menu with some cooked selections like the crab cake and an excellent cooked beef dish stuffed with veggies (forget what it was called, started an N....). Crab cake was much better than the one we had in Blu, more crab and better flavor. As others point out, food is very subjective, but the four of us traveling together felt the Edge did a great job with the meals we experienced. Doug
  9. Somewhat similar to your history, we had a 38 foot express cruiser in Newport Harbor here in Southern California for several years before we got tired of the same old boating experiences(no Bahamas out here) and ended up selling our boat and buying a second home in Big Bear at 7,000 feet to enjoy the climate and the lake. And, then we started our cruise vacations first with Princess, then Celebrity, and last year PG. We really enjoyed the luxury, small ship experience on PG, so we are going to try the luxury Regent Splendor for Europe, and the luxury lite Azamara Journey for South Africa to stay with the smaller cruise ship experience. While we are doing some bucket list destinations for the next three years, we both agree that French Polynesia and PG are our ultimate destination. We will probably do one of their other itineraries next, the 10 or the 14 day, although we loved the 11 day Cook Islands itinerary. Doug
  10. Wow, 10 trips, we can only hope. We do have a few bucket list destinations that are planned: Med- so the Wife can see Venice this trip on the new Regent Splendor South Africa- for the animals on the Azamara Journey with land safaris before and after Australia and New Zealand on Celebrity And then, like you we may just plan repeated trips on the PG and enjoy the beauty, remoteness, service, and friendly locals over and over again. Doug
  11. Yes, even more of a reason for us to fly 8 hours to Tahiti versus 5 to 6 hours to Miami or San Juan. Just two hours more for a much more scenic and remote destination. And, Vahine is great! I am happy to answer any questions on this small, luxurious remote resort. Doug
  12. My Wife and I just completed two back to back cruises in the Caribbean this year after cruising on the PG last year on the 11 night Cook Island and Society Island cruise. We had booked the Caribbean cruise mainly to experience a brand new ship(Celebrity Edge) two years ago while on a TA cruise on Celebrity. Well after experiencing these two destinations in consecutive years, there is no comparison. French Polynesia will be our warm weather cruise destination from now on. While the Celebrity ship was fun, so is the intimacy and service on the PG. And, the beauty and water activities in French Polynesia just totally blew away the Caribbean. We can't wait to plan another trip on the PG. If you are undecided based on cost, just go for it. The PG experience is definitely worth it. And, if you really want a romantic extension, look into the Vahine Private Island Resort extension offered by PG. The best land resort we have ever experienced. Doug
  13. The liquor store in St. Martin had a full set of Pappy for sale. They wouldn't take OBC. Doug
  14. Yes, I also bought a bottle of Springbank 18 year Scotch that would cost me $200 here, but was only $120 in St. Martin with no tax. My favorite Scotch. Doug
  15. You're welcome and good luck! Hope they have it for you. Doug
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